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An untethered jailbreak will not be released for the iPhone 5, at least according to iOS expert Stefan Esser who stated this week that he doesn't feel anyone will be able to free the Apple device.
Esser didn't explain why he feels that an untethered jailbreak won't be released exactly, but it could have something to do with hackers having such a hard time breaking through Apple's iOS security system for the iPhone 4S and 5.
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So does this mean people won't be able to free their phone's until the iPhone 5S? That seems to be the way things are looking especially after a developer who went by the name Dream JB turned out to be a fraud this week.
Dream JB took to his site earlier in the week to address the naysayers who doubted he'd be able to achieve an untethered jailbreak.
"Proof will be posted both here and on my Twitter account on Wednesday," according to the Dream JB website. As far as the video that will be uploaded, it will be a single-take shot of the entire jailbreak process, including a restart and usage of the device to prove it is untethered. It will be uploaded as raw video straight from my camera to YouTube. So no edits of any form."
Dream JB then posted a video on YouTube a little before 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 12. The user stated that the video would be the first of two released outlining and explaining the supposed jailbreak for all recent Apple devices. Users watching the video, which reached over 550 comments before the video was deleted, quickly started responded by pointing out inaccuracies left and right.
Dream JB then decided not to release a second video, and instead released his software for users to download to achieve an untethered jailbreak almost a week and half earlier than the set Dec. 22 release date. Shortly after doing so he took his Twitter and YouTube account down. He also edited the Dream JB homepage claiming it was all a test.
"Dream JB was intended as a social experiment. In a matter of a mere week, over 20,000 people followed @DreamJailbreak on twitter. The website had over 300,000 unique viewers. People believed in a "jailbreak" that originally provided no proof at all," the user said on his website. "Let this be a lesson to the public. PLEASE be careful when it comes to jailbreak solutions that are advertised outside of the prominent and accepted dev teams. Dismiss any claims made by anybody, unless it has been confirmed from the dev team members. This experiment is exactly as it was named. Simply a dream."
So with the hope of Dream JB gone, users are now back to downloading from unreliable sources that could wind up costing them a lot of money just for a huge headache. The iPhone 5S isn't scheduled to come out until June 2013 at the earliest, which means users will have to settle for an unlocked phone until they're able to upgrade. That could all change however, but after the Dream JB fiasco who ever claims to have software available is going to have to prove it before people believe the solution works.
This issue seemed like it had a solution set in November when the Chronic Dev team was able to achieve a partial untethered jailbreak. Since then however the team has grown frustrated and seemingly bored with trying to break through the tough security system set by Apple. It's been reported by a number of different media outlets that the team has moved on to other challenges for the time being.